Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Dane Smith knew Tennessee-Martin would be underdogs against the No. 24 Mississippi State. He's just disappointed the Skyhawks made things so easy for the Bulldogs during the second half. Tennessee-Martin kept the game close early, but Mississippi State used torrid shooting after halftime to pull away for a 76-50 victory on Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Smith led Tennessee-Martin (1-5) with 17 points and Myles Taylor added 12. The Skyhawks had 16 turnovers. Mississippi State led just 35-24 at halftime, but shot 68 percent after the break to push its lead to as many as 30 during the second half. ''It wasn't anything they did - it was us,'' Smith said. ''We didn't contain the ball and guys were able to get in the lane. They were kicking out to open shooters and that was the ballgame.'' Mississippi State never trailed, receiving contributions from all over its roster. Dee Bost and Rodney Hood led the team with 17 points each, but DeVille Smith scored a career-high 15 points on...
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